Twigs are slender, reddish brown and lenticellate with a wintergreen smell when cut. On older trees, spur shoots are apparent. Terminal buds are absent, lateral buds two toned, green and brown.
A medium sized tree with a single straight trunk reaching up to 60 feet tall. The bark is reddish brown to black on young trees, later gray to nearly black; eventually breaking up into large, thin, irregular, scaly plates. Birch oil, or oil of wintergreen, used to flavor medicines and candy, was once obtained from the bark and wood of young trees. That wasteful process has been replaced by the manufacture of the same oil from wood alcohol and salicylic acid. The trees can be tapped like Sugar Maples in early spring and the fermented sap made into birch beer.
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